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  • Pro or Con: Does a Student’s Address Belong on a Resume?

    April 12, 2019 | By NACE Staff

    Best Practices
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    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

    Including an address on a resume may impact a job seeker’s potential to be considered for a position.

    A recent conversation in the NACE Community has career services professionals debating whether a resume should include the job seeker’s address. Here’s what practitioners on both sides of the issue had to say:

    Include an address:

    • One of the searchable fields in an applicant tracking system (ATS) is the address.
    • If an employer is in a hurry to hire, a local address may get the hiring manager’s attention.
    • Some employers say candidates that live close to a job location are more likely to accept an offer.

    Don’t include an address:

    • An employer doesn’t need an address to contact a job seeker or to schedule an interview.
    • An address more than 25 miles from the organization may signal that a job seeker is less likely to accept a job offer.
    • An address may reveal a job seeker’s unrelated socio-economic status to a hiring manager.
    • The resume may pass through many hands at the hiring organization and only human resources and payroll need a physical address.

    Address advice from Community members:

    • Don’t include an address on a resume posted to a job board or third-party website. Some sell subscriber’s information.
    • Use a college address without a room number.
    • Add the home address only if it’s close to the location of the position.
    • List only city, state, and zip code: the resume should be used to highlight how the candidate fits the job.
    • Include the metro area where the job seeker would like to find a position.

    What do you think? Should students include their address on their resumes? Join the conversation in the NACE Community.

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